The care of people with dementia in physical acute care settings: an exploration into the role of occupational therapy
(2014) The care of people with dementia in physical acute care settings: an exploration into the role of occupational therapy, no. 66.
Dementia is an illness which affects cognitive ability, understanding and ability to communicate. The number of people who have dementia is set to increase over the years. If a person with dementia is admitted to hospital, this can often be due to acute illnesses such a pneumonia or urinary tract infection. Such illnesses results in the patient being placed in a acute wards which may not be well equipped to cope or support with the patients This paper aims to explore the impact that being hospitalised can have on people with dementia, and whether occupational therapists may a role to play in improving or maintaining function for people with dementia in an acute setting. A qualitative study is proposed, using focus groups, to discover the perceived role of the occupational therapist and the knowledge and skills they use to support people with dementia in a physical acute care setting.